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Silver Skin
Original title: Piel de plata

Silver Skin

Original title: Piel de plata

Pol is a teenager who spends his days reading novels. He is expelled from school for assault and starts taking medicines. In the waiting room of a psychiatrist’s office he meets Bronwyn, a rebellious and fascinating girl, much more intelligent than anyone he has ever met before. With her, he discovers the work of the poet Juan Eduardo Cirlot, and a world beyond his comprehension. When he loses track of Bronwyn, he will ask his sister Oli to help him find her.

Silver Skin is a novel about fascination and obsession. Its bright side is youth and the rebellious and often mad energy that accompanies it. Its dark side is an elegy to the extinction of this energy and the effects of the passage of time and adulthood. Silver Skin takes the reader through a spiral of hallucinations, drugs, and real and imagined books, while its protagonist looks for his fleeting muse in a melancholy, shadowy Barcelona. The muse in question will be everything but a typical adolescent infatuation—a kind of ungraspable Holy Grail.

Highlights Silver Skin


A love song to youth and its mad, rebellious energy.

“Silver Skin is a magnificent novel about a teenager touched by madness and imagination. A teenager chosen by the gods. A new Catcher in the Rye that updates Salinger and in doing so presents us with a beautiful story of the force of human dreams and the need to transcend the limits of reality.” Manuel Vilas

“This novel is the story of a dark adolescence and the chronicle of an initiation. It is also a manifesto: art bothers, perturbs, offends, Calvo says. There is no beauty without danger.” Mariana Enríquez

“A book of brisk dialogues, with excellent narrative rhythm and a sharp perspective on the power of the imagination… An ideal investigation of the transgressive creative impulses of adolescence, tinged with humor.” Jesús Ferrer

Rights sold

AntiBookclub (US English Rights). Audiovisual rights optioned.

Technical data

Publishing date: | 320 pages | ISBN: 978-84-322-3551-1 | Imprint: Seix Barral

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